GETTING INTO: Post-rock, As Chosen By blanket

Credit: Mark Elmore

Blackpool rockers blanket creatively combine the comforting feel of celestial beauty with the cinematic sounds that engulf their expansive guitars and warming rhythm section. blanket create an ambient yet expansive music that proves why their flying the flag for post-rock.

Drummer Steven Pellatt has helped us out by introducing us to some of the best and most important post-rock records to introduce us to the genre.


SLEEPMAKESWAVES – LOVE OF CARTOGRAPHY

This is one of my favourite albums, its just so full of energy, emotion, euphoria and it fuses natural instruments and electronic sounds so well. The album itself just flows perfectly. Its impossible not to visualise landscapes or movie scenes to these songs, its completely made for that. They’re a great live band too, the performance on stage really does match the quality and effort they put into their music. ‘The Stars Are Stigmata’, ‘Great Northern’ and ‘Traced In Constellations’ are stand out tracks for me. Id recommend Sleepmakeswaves to anyone getting into the post-rock genre.


EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY – THE EARTH IS NOT A COLD DEAD PLACE

I know these guys are name checked a lot as influences but they really are a band that has such an identifiable sound and do it so well. Take a journey and put this album on, thats probably the best advice I could give, I know that could be said for a lot of instrumental music but it really is the case in this instance. The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place as a collection of songs kind of reaches out gently and has such a warmth to it. ‘Your Hand In Mine’ is a song a lot of bands would love to have written, its a perfect piece of post-rock music.


TIDES OF MAN – YOUNG AND COURAGEOUS

This is an album/band that the whole band really likes. Its another that flows just so well and musically the parts and songs are put together with real craft. There really are moments in the album that can be described as beautiful or glorious. ‘Mountain House’, ‘We Were Only Dreaming’ and the title track are so good. We’ve toured with Tides Of Man previously and they’re a great bunch of guys, the album influenced us a fair bit when making our own first album too and it was good to meet them and become friends.


THIS WILL DESTROY YOU – THIS WILL DESTROY YOU

Like with Explosions In The Sky this is another American post-rock band that has written some of the most identifiable songs in the genre in terms of being used in Film and Television. The song ‘The Mighty Rio Grande’ is almost a blueprint for the dynamics and shape of a cinematic style post rock song, its been used in a number of films and more so its another great audio companion when travelling too. This was the first band that got me into this kind of music, I stumbled upon this album one night online and it was a great starting point, like the others its an album I go back to from time to time and that’s always a good sign.


CASPIAN – DUST & DISQUIET

For me Caspian are an essential listen even if you’re not particularly into post rock. As musicians i think theyre the masters of adding texture to sound and creating some crazily gargantuan pieces of music. Another band that when you listen to them you can tell they have clear and precise idea of what they want to achieve with their albums, its just so well executed. After Waking Season I thought they wouldn’t surpass/beat that album but when Dust & Discquiet came out i was blown away. It still surprises me to this day that their music isn’t in a lot of Hollywood films because its beyond perfect for that.


blanket will play the following dates as part of their UK tour:

OCTOBER 18 – BLACKPOOL, Bootleg Social
OCTOBER 19 – MANCHESTER, Bread Shed
OCTOBER 20 – GLASGOW, Attic Bar
OCTOBER 22 – NEWCASTLE, Head Of Steam
OCTOBER 23 – HUDDERSFIELD, The Parish
OCTOBER 24 – MILTON KEYNES, The Craufurd Arms
OCTOBER 25 – LONDON, The Camden Assembly
OCTOBER 26 – SOUTHAMPTON, Heartbreakers
OCTOBER 28 – BRIDGWATER, Cobblestones
OCTOBER 29 – BRISTOL, The Old England
OCTOBER 30 – SWANSEA, The Vault
OCTOBER 31 – BIRMINGHAM, The Flapper
NOVEMBER 1 – LEEDS, The Key Club
NOVEMBER 2 – CHESTER, The Live Rooms

You can keep up-to-date with the band online over on Facebook, Twitter and their Instagram.